COAST Newsletter June 2016
Money matters for MPAs
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Money matters for Marine Protected Area's

Imaginative solutions needed for cost effective marine management

This year's World Oceans Day theme is "Healthy seas, healthy planet". And a "healthy economy" is underpinned by diverse and healthy seas. Scotland's thriving marine tourism accounts for an annual £3.1 billion from wildlife watching, sailing, kayaking, surfing and angling whilst general recreation and tourism amounts to £2.4 billion. The fishing industry contributes over £500 million to the Scottish economy. But effectively managed creeling by local boats, may provide better returns to coastal communities. According to a recent study published by the New Economics Foundation, prioritising creeling in inshore waters proves to be a fairer, smarter, safer, healthier and higher value options.

The Scottish government is rolling out a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that will improve management of many inshore waters as well as contributing to the marine economy. Our community is determined to make MPAs work, but is disappointed to still be waiting for our government to disclose its plans and resources for effective co-management. For example, we have already voiced our concerns on the potential impacts of increased creeling in the South Arran MPA, an issue that has also been raised by the Scottish Creel Fishermen's Federation.

To overcome financial constraints, our government needs to be imaginative and seek help from all stakeholders, specifically local communities who are keen to become involved in cost-effective solutions. COAST has already offered to deliver a community-led project to monitor changes in creeling effort over the next months. Projects like this also promote local understanding and stewardship of MPAs.

We are looking forward to working with our newly appointed Cabinet Secretaries Roseanna Cunningham MSP, responsible for marine environment, and Fergus Ewing MSP, responsible for fisheries. We have high expectations on their ability to work together on a common agenda of healthy, diverse and well governed seas for the benefit of all current stakeholders, but especially future generations.

It is time for decisions to be made. Together.

 

Help launch new film
This year we are celebrating World Oceans Day by sharing our story about how a community can make a difference in the management of its local waters. Please help us launch today "Arran and the Sea: a community story" by sharing it via Facebook and Twitter.
COASTal Outreach
We’ve been busy since our last newsletter visiting schools, holding events and conducting beach cleans. Local outreach has included visits to Brodick, Lamlash and Kilmory Primary Schools, whereas further afield we have had visits from George Watson's College, Islay High School and various mainland Primary Schools on residential courses.
Species of the Month: Sea Mouse (Aphrodita aculeate)
If you turn over this animal that resembles a dense mat of felt, it becomes clear that the sea mouse is a type of polychaete worm, with up to 40 segments. Fun fact: this worm is named after the Greek goddess of love. Find out more here.
Photo credit: Dani O'Neill, Kings Cross, Arran
Videos of the Month
- "Arran and the Sea: a community story". Watch the inside story of how an island community is standing up for its most vital resource: the sea.
- "Harrison Ford is The Ocean". Listen to the sea, speaking to us all. 
 
Seagrass and gadoids research
This summer we will be hosting two MSc research students. Oliver Thomas (Heriot-Watt University) said "COAST have been very accommodating, friendly and helpful. Volunteers have come out every day for mapping and monitoring fish in local seagrass beds". James Spilsbury (University of York) will be conducting drop-down camera surveys to follow up previous research by Sophie Elliot. 
Photo credit: Arran in Focus
Marine Illustration
"Below the surface: illustrating marine nature" is an exciting weekend course that will take place in September, co-organised with Arran Visual Arts. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to learn with Marc Dando. Book quickly as we only have a few places left!
 
Arran backs new Marine Discovery Centre
After a good discussion at a well-attended public meeting, unanimous support was shown for the development of an Arran Marine Discovery Centre. We are lucky to have had visits from the SAMS Ocean Explorer Centre and the Scottish Seabird Centre from whom we have much to learn!
Marine mobile Pop-Up tour this Summer
Make sure to come and say hello at the Marine Mobile Pop-Up Tour. Check out dates on our summer events list – from shore scrambles to craft days or marine science volunteering - we are offering it all!

 
COAST Spring NewsBites
- The Coastal Communities workshop inspired and brought together various groups from across Scotland.
- COAST is now awaiting a response from our application for membership of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership.
- Our Chair Howard Wood received his well deserved OBE from Prince Charles last month.
- We are looking forward to attending the Sea Scotland conference on the 15th and 16th of June, focused on marine planning.
COAST & Citizen Science
COAST's fantastic volunteers have been monitoring plastic around the island for the Clyde Nurdle Hunt and will be able to attend a short training session with the Clyde Marine Mammal Project to learn how to ID marine mammals in the Clyde for monitoring. Send us a message if you would like to take part!
 
Support our work!
You can support our work protecting the marine environment around Arran and the Clyde. 100% of all donations we receive will be used for our education, research and advocacy campaigns. You can also shop online for COAST caps or T-shirts to proudly wear this summer!
You could also bequest a gift to COAST in your Will - this will help safeguard our seas for generations to come. Please contact us for further information.
 
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